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Ambassador of India H.E Ms. Gaitri Issar Kumar speech at the Indian Food Festival Brussels – August 12, 2017



Members of Indian Community,

Friends of India,

lovers of Indian food, Art and Culture

I am delighted to be here with you.

I would , at the very outset,

like to offer you all my warm greetings

and felicitations to you all on this festive occasion .


We are not only celebrating the colours, flavours and aromas of India

but also India’s 70th year of independence .


I congratulate the organizers of this festival,

the Indian Confluence , for their initiative.

These young IT professionals and compatriots from diverse fields

have joined together to create this occasion , this very Indian ambience,

to showcase our culture, art and music .


Your effort and initiative is commendable

for another very important reason.

I understand that you have identified a very good cause for donating funds generated through this food festival – a “smart village” project in India –

aiming to improve the life of rural communities

by helping them to connect with - and leap frog into the 21st century.


This effort is particularly relevant

as it demonstrates how each one of us

can contribute to the strength and progress

of the country that we love.

It is in sync with the commitment made across our nation on August 9,

To mark the 75th anniversary of the launch of the Quit India movement .

On August 9, this year , the people of  India took a historic pledege – to rededicate themselves to making the country free – of poverty, terrorism, casteism and communalism in the next five years.

They pledged to root out everything that affects India’s adversely –

whether it is a lack of cleanliness , or whether it is corruption, terrorism or any acts by anyone against society .

In 1942, the motto was ‘Do or Die’ -  Karenge Ya Marenge .

Today, the oath that Indians have taken is Karenge Aur Kar Ke Rahenge 

Just as the five years from 1942 to 1947

were decisive for the country's independence,

the next  five years - from 2017 to 2022,  when we celebrate 75 years of India's Independence, will play a decisive role for the future of India.

India has launched a mega campaign 'Sankalp se Siddhi'

which our people have pledged to attain through their undeterred Resolve.


Ladies and gentlemen, each of you can work in your own unique way for the strength and progress of our country

as the saying goes “the whole is always greater than the sum of its parts”;


Leaders of India  are often asked :

with  1.3 billion people, 122 languages, 1600 dialects and 7 religions,

How has India , with all these complexities,

managed  to guarantee democracy, freedom, equality and equal opportunities

to its diverse population ?  how is India still united?




The answer , very simply  , lies in the question itself : 

India’s strength lies in her unique constitution – made by the people of India

based on the combined aspirations and impulses

of all sections from every region and every strata of society.


What looks like diversity is actually a united whole.

It is a unique confluence .


This unity in diversity is what is unique to our country .

We have every reason  to be proud of it.


The Indian Confluence and all present here are playing an important role

Towards  strengthening  this passion

in the hearts and minds of Indians

and people of India origin,

As “Lok Doots” of India  you are indeed spreading awareness of our unity in diversity.


During my stay in Brussels, I hope to to increase the outreach of our Embassy’s activities with  the Indian Community in Brussels and work with each one of you to expand our interactions


In this 70th year of India’s Independence our Embassy will organize a variety of events and I encourage you to actively participate in them.


Today is one such occasion : we have a very special presentation :

Embassy of India and the Ministry of Culture, Government of India

have worked together to bring to you , the famous  exponents

of the ancient martial art of Kalaripayattu,  from Kerala, known in India as “Gods own land”. It is presented by the foremost exponents of this art , the “Sree Bharath Kalari” .

Kalaripayattu , “the Mother of all Martial Arts” has evolved over the centuries .

Like Yoga, it aims to develop, the full potential of the human body.


As it is rare to have these practitioners exhibit their art abroad ,

I hope you watch their demonstartion carefully . I am sure you will find it fascination.


Please feel free to contact our Embassy’s Officer ,

Smt Priyadarshini Ravindran who has co-ordinated this event

to know more about the art or its history.


With these words, I thank the Indian Confluence once again

and wish you all a very enjoyable afternoon.


Jai Hind .



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